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Force Factor Test X180 Genesis: An Evidence-Based Review

Test X180 Genesis is the latest Test-Booster from Force Factor, a brand which hasn’t exactly been known for putting out what we would consider research-backed, highly effective products…but who knows!

Maybe they’ve come around and decided to go clinically-dosed and transparent on this one…

Force Factor Test X180 Genesis

Claims

Force Factor claims a variety of benefits for Test X180 Genesis, including:

  • Strength/Endurance Increases
  • Better Cognitive Performance
  • Enhanced Libido/Sexual Function

But, does this formula actually have what it takes to make good on these claims?  Let’s take a look at the ingredients and see…

Test X180 Genesis Ingredients

The Test x180 Genesis formula is pretty similar to a bunch of other “natural test-boosters” we’ve seen.  Contrary to most other Force Factor products we’ve seen in recent years, the first few ingredints are actaully clinically dosed but even with the doses of the rest of the ingredients being hidden in a proprietary blend it’s easy to tell that they’re all pretty under-dosed…

Ashwagandha (KSM-66)

KSM-66 is a patented, stadardized extract of Ashwagandha, a potent adaptogen that not only has a long history of use throughout traditional medicine but has actually been studied clinically for a variety of potential applications.

The most notable aspect of Ashwagandha is it’s ability to lower Cortisol and reduce stress, both physical (chemical indications) and mental (perceived).  We talk about the anti-stress properties Ashwagandha in this article for anyone who’s interested.

In the context of Test X180 Genesis, however, Ashwagandha is intended to increase Testosterone.  Indeed, Ashwagandha (specifially KSM-66) has been shown to improve various measures of fertility and sexual health in men with abnormally low sperm count with corresponding increases in Testosterone as shown in the chart below.

Ashwagandha Testosterone

Unfortunately, because the subjects in this study were initially experiencing varying degrees of sexual dysfunction, the results don’t say much about how it may affect healthy people.

Fortunately, another study–this time using a non-patented extract of Ashwagandha, but Ashwagandha nonetheless–found that supplementation (600mg/day) resulted in an increase and muscle mass and strength and a corresponding increase in Testosterone.

This is the first study to demonstrate hormonal benefits in initially healthy subjects, but it’s worth pointing out that the subjects had “little experience in resistance training” so it’s tough to say if athletes or people who workout daily would experience similar results.

As a test-booster, Ashwagandha is no miracle herb, but it may help elevate Testosterone toward the higher end of the normal range.  This certainly makes it a worthy ingredient in any natural test-booster like Test X180 Genesis.

Fenugreek (Testofen)

Fenugreek is yet another herb with a fairly extensive history of use throughout traditional medicine which has also been studied clinically, specifically with regards to Testosterone.  Unfortunately, if you look at all the research together, the results are somewhat conflicting.

Fenugreek has been shown to increase Testosterone but has also failed to do so elsewhere, so the effects can’t be considered entirely reliable.  However, in studies that assess physical performance enhancement, Fenugreek has consistently increased strength and muscle mass to some degree so it may be useful to athletes afterall, even if it doesn’t boost Testosterone too drastically.

So, in the context of Test X180, Fenugreek is ctually a pretty useful ingredient.  You shouldn’t expect some massive Test-boost from it, but if you’re just looking for a slight edge, it may be useful afterall.

Black Pepper Extract (BioPerine)

BioPerine is simply a patented extract of Black Pepper which is standardized for Piperine, the active component that underlies the absorption enhancing properties of the extract.  It has no known effect on Testosterone (or any hormones for that matter), but has been shown to improve the absorption of other nutrients ingested alongside it.  It primarily works by slowing intestinal transit which essentially widens the absorption window.

Maca Root Extract

Maca an herb which has traditionally been used to improve general vitality and wellbeing.  It has been shown to enhance athletic performance, but these benefits have nothing to do with Testosterone.  Research is pretty clear at this point: Maca does NOT raise Testosterone.  You can read more about that in our article “Does Maca Raise Testosterone?“.

That said, it may still be useful for athletes looking for a performance edge and therefore makes sense to include in any sort of herbal supplement intended for use by athletes.

Tongkat Ali

Tongkat Ali, known in the scientific community as Eurycoma Longifolia (Longjack), is one of the most commonly used aphrodisiac herbs in traditional medicine and has been studied fairly extensively in the area of sexual health.

Although no study has shown that Tongkat Ali can boost Testosterone beyond the limits of the normal range for healthy adult males, it may be useful for recovering low Testosterone levels and enhancing libido.

In other words, it won’t boost your Testosterone to the point that rapid muscle growth occurs but may be give you a libido boost and help to ensure Testosterone levels remain optimal.

A clinical dose of Tongkat Ali would be about 200mg (assuming a normal standardization) but, because Force Factor conceals the amount of Tongkat Ali in Test X180 Genesis within a proprietary blend, there’s really no telling how much is in there.

It’s listed second–indicating it’s the second most plentiful ingredient in the blend by weight–but given that the entire proprietary blend only weighs 730mg, it’s a safe bet that Tongkat Ali is  under-dosed.

Horny Goat Weed

Horny Goat Weed is probably the single most widely used herbal aphrodisiac.  The name kind of says it all…

Typically, Horny Goat Weed is standardized for Icariin, the compound responsible for the aphrodisiac properties, but in the case of Test X180 there is no standardization listed.  Whether or not it’s a quality extract, Horny Goat Weed won’t increase your Testosterone, but may make you feel more sexually aroused.

Bacopa

Bacopa is unique herb with an extensive history of use throughout Traditional Medicine, mostly as a Nootropic.  This appears to be why Force Factor decided to toss it into the mix, as it is included in the “Cognitive Clarity And Endurance Matrix” along with Ginseng and Vinpoceteine.

Research indicates that Bacopa, unlike many herbs which are label Nootropics, actaully can increase memory formation in healthy human beings (not just old people with dementia or some other memory-debilitating illness).  We discuss this unique herb in our article 3 Supplements That May Actually Make You Smarter, so if you’re interested in learning more about Bacopa, check it out.

In the context of Test X180 Genesis, Bacopa makes sense, but not because it has any sort of meaningful impact on Testosterone.  Research indicates it does not influence Testosterone at all, but it sure can be an effective nootropic.

Asian Ginseng

Asian Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) is one of the most commonly used herbs in dietary supplements, perhaps because it has an extremely well-documeted history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine which has warranted scientific study in the Western World.

Asian Ginseng appears to reduce perceived fatigue and may improve cognition as well in some individuals, but like Bacopa, it has no notable influence on  Testosterone in healthy individuals.

In the context of the Test X180 Genesis “Cognitive Clarity And Endurance Matrix”, it makes sense, but it’s far from the miracle ingredient it is often made out to be.  It may subtly improve cognitive function, but the effects are quite subtle for most individuals and may take time to manifest.

Vinpocetine

Vinpocetine is a unique molecule found in Periwinkle which is often included in Nootropic supplements due to preliminary evidence which indicates it can increase cerbral blood flow.  This mechanism is alleged to improve cognitive function (more blood to the brain = better brain function), but currently it has only been researched in instances of cognitive decline and Dementia.

So, it can’t be stated with absolute certainty that it is effective as a Nootropic.  In the context of Test X180 Genesis, it should be considered a speculative (possibly effective, but not definitely) ingredient.

Tribulus

Tribulus is probably the single most over-used “natural test booster”.  We use the term “over-used” because Tribulus is not an effective Testosterone booster and several studies have confirmed that it is indeed ineffective, meaning there’s really no doubt about it at this point.

Unfortunately, because it has developed a reputation as an herbal test-booster, supplement companies (like Force Factor) still toss it in their Test-Boosters, hoping that customers have heard of it and will assume it’s effective.

Again, Tribulus sucks.  There’s no point in taking it if boosting Testosterone is your goal.

Cordyceps

Cordyceps is a type of mushroom which is believed to possess a wide range of biologically active compounds which make it of interest for a wide range of applications.  Unfortunately, research in most of these areas is limited to rat studies and it hasn’t really been studied in humans much yet.

In mice, Cordyceps appears to increase Testosterone production, but it isn’t known exactly which active component is responsible for this or if it has similar effects in humans.  For now, it’s pretty speculative.

DIINDOLYLMETHANE (DIM)

Diindolylmethane (DIM) is a byproduct created during the digestion of Indole-3-Carbinol, a compound found in vegetables such as Broccoli.

It has been shown to produce anti-estrogenic effects when supplemented at 300mg/day for 2 weeks.  Under different circumstances, however, DIM has shown the opposite, meaning it actually has the capacity to increase Estrogen.

How is this possible? Well, it’s important to understand that the word “Estrogen” is actually an umbrella term which encompasses several different compounds. Some of these compounds tend to induce more “Estrogenic” effects than others, even though they are all considered “Estrogens”.

DIM appears to increase the level of 2-hydroxyestrogens (“weak Estrogen”), relative to the other types, 16a-hydroxyestrogens and 4-hydroxyestrogens (“strong Estrogens”), the result of which is less of an “estrogen-like” effect, even though total Estrogen (strong and weak) may technically be staying the same.

Force Factor does not disclose the amount of DIM in Test X180 Genesis, but based on a mere 730mg proprietary blend, we know for sure that it’s less than a clinical dose…probably A LOT less.

Test X180 Genesis Ingredient Takeaway

Test X180 Genesis contains several well-known ingredients used in “natural test-boosters”, some of which may be somewhat effective and some of which flat out don’t work at all.  Overall, the formula has what it takes to restore Testosterone levels in instances of low T, but isn’t going to be too effective for initially healthy individuals (with healthy Testosterone levels).

This is the issue with most natural test-boosters, so it’s not as if Test X180 Genesis is especially dissappointing.  It pretty much fits the mold for all natural test-boosters.  If you’re looking for strength enhancement and muscle-building, you won’t find it here.

Is Test X180 Genesis Safe?

There are no ingredients in Test X180 Genesis that should be considered dangerous, especially since most of the ingredients are under-dosed.  So, while safety isn’t an issue, that’s mostly because the formula isn’t actually effective for increasing strength and muscle mass.  That’s usually the tradeoff with these types of “test boosters”.  If it’s super safe, it probably dooesn’t work.

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking to build strength and increase muscle mass, you will almost certainly be disappointed by Test X180 Genesis.  If strength and muscle is the goal, take a look at our Best Muscle Building Supplement list.

If you’re looking for a formula that will simply encourage healthy Testosterone levels (towards the higher end of the normal range), Test X180 Genesis may do the trick, but there are also plenty of non-proprietary blend Natural Test-Boosters that will get the job done better.

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